Consulting Agreement, dated April 24, 2020, by and between ROK Consulting Inc. and Sphere 3D Corp
THIS CONSULTING AGREEMENT is made and entered into as of April 24th, 2020 (the “Effective Date”) by and between ROK CONSULTING INC, a (hereinafter, the “Consultant”), with an address at 6111 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road Building G, Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30328 (the “Consultant”), and Sphere 3D Corp., with an address at 895 Don Mills Road Bldg 2 Toronto Ontario Canada M3C 1W3 (“Company”).
WHEREAS, the Company is incorporated in the Province of Ontario. (the “Business”) and
WHEREAS, Consultant has experience in the area of corporate finance, investor communications and financial and investor public relations and the Company and Consultant wish for Consultant to provide services to the Company as hereinafter provided.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants set forth herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Company and the Consultant hereby agree as follows:
|a.||The Company hereby engages the Consultant and the Consultant hereby accepts engagement as a consultant. It is understood and agreed, and it is the express intention of the parties to this Agreement, that the Consultant is an independent contractor, and not an employee or agent of the Company for any purpose whatsoever. Consultant shall perform all duties and obligations as described on Exhibit A hereto (the “Services”) and agrees to be available at such times as may be scheduled by the Company. It is understood, however, that the Consultant will maintain Consultant’s own business in addition to providing services to the Company. The Consultant agrees to promptly perform all services required of the Consultant hereunder in an efficient, professional, trustworthy and business like manner. A description of the Consultant’s services are attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated by reference herein.|
|b.||In connection with Consultant’s performance of the Services specified in the Statement of Work, Company agrees to provide Consultant and/or each subcontractor, such materials as may be necessary for the Services to be performed (the “Materials”). The Company hereby represents, warrants, covenants and agrees that the Materials will be true and accurate and shall be free of any material omissions or misstatements and otherwise compliant will all applicable laws.|
|c.||The Company shall provide disclosures in each of its Forms 10-K and 10-Q as to the existence of this Agreement and any Statement of Work, the amount paid or to be paid in connection with each Statement of Work and the types of services to be provided under each Statement of Work.|
|d.||During the Term, the Company shall advise Consultant of any and all promotional activities with respect to its securities, prior to the commencement of such activities, including, but not limited to, press releases and engagements with other investment relations firms or other service providers providing services similar to those or the Services provided in a Statement of Work.|
|2.||CONSULTING SERVICES & COMPENSATION. Commencing on the Effective Date, the Consultant will be retained as a Consultant and independent contractor for the Company for the Term as set forth in Section 3. For services rendered hereunder during the term, the Consultant shall receive:|
|(a)||375,000 shares (the “Shares”) of the Company’s restricted common stock issued under and pursuant to the terms of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933; provided that the issuance of the Shares shall be subject to prior approval of the Board of Directors. The shares are due in two separate transactions upon the effective date. The shares due upon signing the agreement are 150,000. Upon completion of the 3 month term contract an additional 225,000 shares are to be issued to ROK CONSULTING INC. The company shall cause its counsel to provide an opinion letter for removal of any legend when and if such legend may be removed in accordance with applicable law.|
|(b)||Cash compensation payable as follows: $100,000 USD per month payable on or before the Effective Date each month for a term of 3 months.|
|3.||TERM & TERMINATION. This Agreement is for a term (the “Term”) of 3 months from the Effective Date on April 28th, 2020 and expiring July 28th, 2020|
|(a)||In the case that the company would not like to extend the terms of agreement for an additional month. The company must notify the consultant within 5 days of the conclusion of the 90-day term. Without notification the contract will automatically extend for an additional month of service.|
Upon termination, Consultant agrees to perform the necessary information transfer required at the time.
|4.||CONFIDENTIALITY. All knowledge and information of a proprietary and confidential nature relating to the Company which the Consultant obtains during the Consulting period, from the Company or the Company’s employees, agents or Consultants shall be for all purposes regarded and treated as strictly confidential for so long as such information remains proprietary and confidential and shall be held in trust by the Consultant solely for the Company’s benefit and use and shall not be directly or indirectly disclosed in any manner whatsoever by the Consultant.|
|5.||CONSULTANT’S REPRESENTATIONS & WARRANTIES. Consultant represents and warrants to the Company as follows:|
|a.||The Consultant (i) has adequate means of providing for the Consultant’s current needs and possible personal contingencies; (ii) is acquiring the Shares for investment and not with a view to their distribution and has no need for liquidity in this investment; (iii) is able to bear the substantial economic risks of an investment in the Shares for an indefinite period; and (iv) is an “accredited investor” as defined in Rule 501 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.|
|b.||Consultant is not under any legal obligation, including any obligation of confidentiality or non-competition, which prevents Consultant from executing or fully performing this Consulting Agreement, or which would render such execution or performance a breach of contract with any third party, or which would give any third party any rights in any intellectual property which might be developed by Consultant hereunder; and|
|c.||Consultant shall perform the Services hereunder in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and applicable regulations, guidelines and licensing requirements; and|
|d.||Consultant has all requisite power and authority to execute, deliver, and perform this Agreement, and this Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by Consultant and is Consultant’s legal, valid and binding obligation, and is enforceable as to Consultant in accordance with its terms.|
|e.||The Consultant certifies, under penalties of perjury that the Consultant is not subject to backup withholding as a result of a failure to report all interest or dividends, or because the Internal Revenue Service has notified the Consultant that the Consultant is no longer subject to backup withholding, and that Consultant has provided the Company an accurate taxpayer ID number.|
|6.||SEVERABILITY. In the event any provision of this Consulting Agreement is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable, the parties will negotiate in good faith to restore the unenforceable provision to an enforceable state and to provide reasonable additions or adjustments to the terms of the other provisions of this Consulting Agreement so as to render the whole Consulting Agreement valid and binding to the fullest extent possible, and in any event, this Consulting Agreement shall be interpreted to be valid and binding to the fullest extent possible.|
|7.||NON-DISCLOSURE OF TERMS. The terms of this Agreement shall be kept confidential, and no party, representative, attorney or family member shall reveal its contents to any third party except as required by law or as necessary to comply with law or preexisting contractual commitments.|
|8.||INDEMNIFICATION. Consultant shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Company, the Parent, and each of their members, their affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents, successors and assigns (collectively, “Indemnitees”) from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, costs, expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys fees and expenses) demands, fines, penalties, injunctions, suits and causes of action of any kind or nature whatsoever (collectively referred to as “Damages”) instituted by any third party and arising out of Consultant’s performance of services under this Consulting Agreement, unless said Damages arise out of the negligence or willful misconduct of the Company, its members, affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents, successors and assigns.|
|9.||SEC & LEGAL COMPLIANCE. Consultant hereby represents that it has in place policies and procedures relating to, and addressing, with the commercially reasonable intent to ensure compliance with, all applicable securities laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to the use, release or other publication of forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act and disclosure requirements outlined in Section 17B of the Exchange Act regarding the required disclosure of the nature and terms of its relationship with the Company in any and all literature or other communication(s) relating to these services, including but not limited to: Press Releases, letters to investors and telephone or other personal communication(s) with potential or current investors. In addition, Consultant acknowledges that United States securities laws and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder prohibit any person with material, non-public information about a company from purchasing, selling, trading, or entering into options, puts, calls or other derivatives in respect of securities of such issuer or from communicating such information to any other person or entity and Consultant shall comply with such laws, rules and regulations. Consultant will take no action to manipulate the market price of the Company’s securities in violation of law or regulation, nor pay or otherwise induce others to take any such actions, nor publish comments about the Company without appropriately disclosing payments received therefor.|
|a.||This Consulting Agreement shall be governed by, and construed pursuant to the laws of the State of New York, applicable to agreements made and performed wholly within such State. Any disputes under this Consulting Agreement shall be resolved by appropriate proceedings in the state of New York.|
|b.||This Consulting Agreement may not be changed orally, but may be changed only in a writing executed by the party to be charged with enforcement.|
|c.||If any terms and conditions of this Consulting Agreement shall be held to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, all remaining terms and conditions shall remain in full force and effect|
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have duly executed this Agreement as of the dates set forth below.
|SPHERE 3D CORP.||ROK CONSULTING INC.|
|/s/ Peter Tassiopoulos||/s/ Justin C. Ouimet|
|Name: Peter Tassiopoulos||Name: Justin C. Ouimet|
|Title: CEO||Title: President|
The Consultant agrees, to the extent reasonably require in the conduct of its business with the Company, to place at the disposal of the Company its judgment and experience and to provide business development services to the Company, including, but not limited to, the following:
|a.||Advise and assist the company in developing and implementing appropriate plans and materials for presenting the Company and its business plan, strategy and personnel to the financial community.|
|b.||With the cooperation of the Company, maintain an awareness during the term of the agreement of the Company’s plan’s and strategy as it relates to the financial community.|
|c.||Create awareness of the company among investors and media.|
|d.||Assist the Company in steps for financial and public relations.|
All payments made by the company to Consultant shall be by wire transfer of immediately available funds.